HOUSTON TAKES APPEL #1

The Houston Astros surprised many by taking Stanford RHP Mark Appel with the top pick in this year’s First Year Player Draft. Appel was drafted after his junior season last year and famously failed to come to terms with the Pirates, who took him with the #8 pick.

While all that was going on in 2012, the Astros seemed to master the brand new draft pool rules by snagging SS Carlos Correia for a more economical price, while still having money in their pool for RHP Lance McCullers Jr. and others. Therefore, there was a question as to whether or not they would take Appel, a Scott Boras client, with the top overall pick this year.

They did.

Signing him is the next step. The ‘Stros have a pool of $11,698,800 to spend on Appel and their other picks from the first 10 rounds. Game on. Here’s the complete list of 1st round picks:

  1. Astros – RHP Mark Appel
  2. Cubs – 3B Kris Bryant
  3. Rockies – RHP Jonathan Gray
  4. Twins – RHP Kohl Stewart
  5. Indians – OF Clint Frazier
  6. Marlins – 3B Colin Moran
  7. Red Sox – LHP Trey Ball
  8. Royals – SS Hunter Dozier
  9. Pirates – CF Autin Meadows
  10. Blue Jays – RHP Phillip Bickford
  11. Mets – 1B Dominic Smith
  12. Mariners – 3B D.J. Peterson
  13. Padres – RF Hunter Renfroe
  14. Pirates – C Reese McGuire
  15. Diamondbacks – RHP Braden Shipley
  16. Phillies – SS J.P. Crawford
  17. White Sox – SS Tim Anderson
  18. Dodgers – RHP Chris Anderson
  19. Cardinals – LHP Marco Gonzalez
  20. Tigers – RHP Jonathan Crawford
  21. Rays – C Nick Ciuffo
  22. Orioles – RHP Hunter Harvey
  23. Rangers – RHP Alex Gonzalez
  24. A’s – CF Billy McKinney
  25. Giants – SS Christian Arroyo
  26. Yankees – 3B Eric Jagielo
  27. Reds – CF Phillip Ervin
  28. Cardinals – LHP Rob Kaminsky
  29. Rays – RHP Ryne Stanek
  30. Rangers – SS Travis Demeritte
  31. Braves – RHP Jason Hursh
  32. Yankees – CF Aaron Judge
  33. Yankees – LHP Ian Clarkin

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